Books That Inspire 2001

Six Characters in Search of an Author
Luigi Pirandello

The title of Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello appears to summarize its action: six characters have been created and abandoned by their author and they interrupt a theatre company’s rehearsal searching for someone to stage their story. From this apparently simple premise, Pirandello builds a riveting drama which raises questions about creativity and the relationship of a playwright to his characters, about the relationship between illusion and reality, and about the nature of the human identity. Six Characters opened up a new way of thinking for me and introduced me to new perspectives on human experience.
Kae Koger
Associate Professor/Graduate Liaison School of Drama